Chapter 11

Larderello Dry-Steam Power Plants, Tuscany, Italy


The case studies section of this book begins at the birthplace of geothermal energy as a source of electricity—Larderello, Italy. It was here in this Tuscan village in 1904 that Prince Piero Ginori Conti fashioned the first electromechanical device that converted the energy of the indigenous steam, issuing from the earth for centuries, into electricity—enough to illuminate five light bulbs in his boric acid factory.


Larderello; Italy; history; geology; reservoir; original power plants; modern power plants; environmental impact

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